Robert Shannon (Bob) Herrin Jr.


Robert Shannon (Bob) Herrin Jr. died at 12:39 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020, of COVID-19 at the HST Memorial Veterans Hospital in Columbia.

Bob is survived by Janet, his wife of 52 years; his daughter, Gail Reynoso of Holts Summit; granddaughter, Mercedes (Drew) Van Dyke; great-grandchildren, Emmett Soriano and Theo Elizabeth Van Dyke of Jefferson City; and one sister, Kathy Herrin of Wexford, Pa.

Mr. Herrin was born March 18, 1945 to Robert Shannon and Helen (Dornblaser) Herrin. He grew up in Kirksville and served four and a half years in the U.S. Air Force, three and a half years in England.

Bob’s greatest pleasures were his bluegrass music; he played the five-string banjo, taught many others to play and won the Illinois State Banjo Championship three times; in addition to camping, hiking and fishing with his family. He accomplished much work as president of the board at Mexico Senior Center.

No visitation or services will be held due to COVID-19 concerns. A memorial jam session and carry-in dinner will be held when it is safer.

Memorials may be made to Mexico Senior Center. They may be sent in care of Arnold Funeral Home, 425 S. Jefferson, Mexico, MO 65265.

Arnold Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

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